Mrs. Sinclair's Suitcase

Mrs. Sinclair's Suitcase

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Penguin Putnam

A heartbreaking and deeply compelling debut, Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase is a compulsive page-turner about thwarted love, dashed hopes, and family secrets—book-club fiction at its best.

Roberta, a lonely thirty-four-year-old bibliophile, works at The Old and New Bookshop in England. When she finds a letter inside her centenarian grandmother’s battered old suitcase that hints at a dark secret, her understanding of her family’s history is completely upturned. Running alongside Roberta’s narrative is that of her grandmother, Dorothy, as a forty-year-old childless woman desperate for motherhood during the early years of World War II. After a chance encounter with a Polish war pilot, Dorothy believes she’s finally found happiness, but must instead make an unthinkable decision whose consequences forever change the framework of her family.

The parallel stories of Roberta and Dorothy unravel over the course of eighty years as they both make their own ways through secrets, lies, sacrifices, and love. Utterly absorbing,Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase is a spellbinding tale of two worlds, one shattered by secrets and the other by the truth.



Random House, Inc.
Heartbreaking and deeply compelling, Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase is a compulsive page-turner about thwarted love, dashed hopes, and family secrets—book club fiction at its best.

Roberta, a lonely thirty-four-year-old, works at The New and Old Bookshop in England. When she finds a letter inside her centenarian grandmother’s battered old suitcase that hints at a dark secret, her understanding of her family’s history is completely upturned. Running alongside Roberta’s narrative is that of her grandmother, Dorothy, as a forty-year-old childless woman desperate for motherhood during the early years of World War II. After a chance encounter with a Polish war pilot, Dorothy believes she’s finally found happiness, but instead she is faced with a dilemma so monumental, the consequences affect her granddaughter decades later. And so, the parallel stories of Roberta and Dorothy unravel over the course of eighty years as they both make their own ways through secrets, lies, sacrifices, and love.



Baker & Taylor
A lonely bookstore clerk discovers a hidden letter that reveals her grandmother's struggles with singlehood, a whirlwind affair during World War II, and the fateful choices that shaped decades of their family life.

Baker
& Taylor

A lonely bookstore clerk discovers a hidden letter that reveals her grandmother's struggles with singlehood, a whirlwind love during World War II and the fateful choices that shaped decades of their family life. A first novel. Reading-group guide online. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York :, Amy Einhorn Books, Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA),, 2014.
ISBN: 9780399169502
0399169504
Characteristics: 271 pages ; 24 cm

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AL_KATI Feb 28, 2017

Forbidden love? Sign me up--I definitely had a cathartic cry with this novel.

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EileenDrew
Feb 13, 2016

The bones of this story is very good and interesting. I would give the book a better rating if much of the personal dialogue was removed. I skipped over the sections of long personal dialogue which dragged an interesting story into a tedious one.

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cknightkc
Jan 17, 2016

For me, MRS. SINCLAIR’S SUITCASE was a pleasant enough read that did not quite reach its potential. It tackles several issues, including motherhood, family secrets, love, loss, and friendship. Set in England, the novel’s dual storylines alternate between present-day Roberta and her paternal grandmother, Dorothy, during WWII. These plot lines seemed unevenly developed and I found grandmother Dorothy’s the more interesting of the two. As an avid reader, I enjoyed the Old and New Bookshop (where Roberta works) and the idea of finding old letters, photos, postcards and other memorabilia hidden inside books. MRS. SINCLAIR’S SUITCASE is more a character study than an action novel, but because I never really connected or became emotionally involved with either protagonist, this debut work by Louise Walters, while good, ultimately missed the mark.

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greenacres
Jan 10, 2016

A bit slow at first but I wanted to find out what happened to Mrs. S. A few surprises along the way. I'm glad I finished. I would love to see what BBC could do with this.

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1_Great_Book
Sep 08, 2015

Delightful. Just believable. It couldn't happen today, but possibly still in the 1940's, when paperwork and records were interrupted with wartime. I thought Roberta was really a bit dense at times - I mean really!

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